SBC has revealed the six individuals set to join the esteemed ranks of the 2024 Sports Betting Hall of Fame. This annual tradition, initiated in 2016, serves as a tribute to remarkable figures within the industry and their significant contributions throughout their careers.

Honoring Legends: SBC Announces Six 2024 Sports Betting Hall of Fame Inductees

SBC has revealed the six individuals set to join the esteemed ranks of the 2024 Sports Betting Hall of Fame. This annual tradition, initiated in 2016, serves as a tribute to remarkable figures within the industry and their significant contributions throughout their careers.

Sue Schneider, SBC’s Vice President of Growth and Strategy, Americas, said: “We are honored to welcome the newest inductees. Their dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment to the industry have not only shaped its trajectory but have left an indelible mark on the world of sports betting. I’d like to congratulate everyone on their well-deserved recognition and look forward to celebrating their enduring legacies.”

The dignitaries who make up the Class of 2024 include: 

  • Staci Alonso: Former Commissioner and EVP|CMO, Nevada State Athletic Commission
  • Richie BaccelIieri: Race and Sports Industry Expert
  • Christian Genetski: President, FanDuel
  • Jay Kornegay: Vice President Race & Sports Operations, Westgate Las Vegas
  • Mike Tobin: Founder and CEO, Continent8 Technologies

“This year is also a little special, as we honor the memory of John English, who passed away on February 17th, and celebrate his achievements as one of the inductees. He is widely credited as the visionary behind modern sports betting kiosks and played a pivotal role in reinvigorating Vegas’ Bet Leroy’s brand as the company’s Chief Innovation Officer before his passing. John’s family and friends will attend the ceremony to accept the award on his behalf, and we are honored to recognize his impactful contributions,” Schneider added.

Meeting the prerequisites for induction into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame demands a comprehensive set of qualifications. This includes showcasing extensive experience within the industry and pioneering innovative products or strategies that have made a notable impact. Moreover, candidates are evaluated based on their substantial contributions towards raising public awareness of sports betting, whether through educational programs, advocacy endeavors, or alternative methods. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on individuals who actively advocate for responsible sports betting practices, emphasizing ethical behavior and fostering community engagement.

As part of the SBC Summit North America, the Sports Betting Hall of Fame Ceremony is set to grace Wednesday evening’s official festivities at the Red Bull Arena. The summit itself is slated from May 7 – 9, 2024, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey. Commencing at 6:30 pm, coaches will transport guests from Meadowlands to the Red Bull Arena, where the Hall of Fame ceremony will be held from 7:30 to 8:00 pm.

The inclusion of recent inductees serves to bolster the prominence of the North American sector within SBC’s Sports Betting Hall of Fame, which has recognized 22 industry professionals from North America thus far. Notable personalities honored last year included Nick Bogdanovich (Sports Book Manager/Oddsmaker, Circa Sports), Michael Gaughan (Owner, South Point Hotel Casino Spa), Trish Lewandowski (Sportsbook Manager, Caesars Digital), and David L. Rebuck (Director, NJ Department of Gaming Enforcement).

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